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How much will I have to pay into CAJA?

By Betsy Burlingame

Summary: How much does CAJA cost?

"Until you go to the caja office with your paperwork in hand, you won't know 'for sure'," stated one expat. However, the CCSS website has a Costa Rican social security fees calculator that will give you the approximate monthly premium that you will have to pay. If you are not working in Costa Rica, the amount of income that you listed on your residency application would be the amount used to calculate your social security fees. Foreigners over 55 do not have to pay into the pension system, which is the IVM field on the calculator, so that my be excluded.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 6 Best Places to Live in Costa Rica, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and 7 Tips for Obtaining Residence in Italy. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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Updated On: Apr 27, 2019

First Published: Apr 27, 2019

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